Cambridge: Printed for Members of The Limited Editions Club at the University Press, 1951. Two octavo volumes, original color-printed pictorial cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, color pictorial endpapers. Title pages and colophon printed in black and green; occasional vignettes printed in green; dozens of color lithographs by Barnett Freedman, pulled at the Curwen Press, throughout text. Housed in publisher's sunned and lightly shelfworn slipcase.
Modern fine press edition of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, first published in parts between 1873 and 1877. Surveying the swiftly modernizing Russian scene, juxtaposing the destructive affair of Anna and Vronsky with the redemptive marriage of Kitty and Levin, Tolstoy produced one of the greatest psychological novels: “He descended, for a long while avoiding looking at her as at the sun, yet seeing her, as one does the sun, without looking." The son of Russian immigrants, Barnett Freedman was one of the key English book designers of the twentieth century: he individually prepared hundreds of lithographic stones to produce this limited edition of Anna Karenina. This is copy 449 of 1500 copies published, signed by Freedman on the colophon. LEC 213. A fine example of a beautiful book.